FEATURES - Actor on Acting



Greenlight Script Coverage

Greenlight Script Coverage
Filmmaking community, film School, Hollywood filmmaker and Film Trailers

American Gem Short Script and Literary Festival


Actors on Acting page 8

Timothy Hutton once said that the most important lesson he learned about acting was from his father, actor Jim Hutton. When Jim was working and things were going well, he was happy; when things weren't going well, he was still happy because he had such a great appreciation for just being in the business. Actors in general don't get into the business to get rich, and most, do not stay in the business purely because of the money they make. 

Towards the end of his interview on Inside the Actors Studio, Kevin Spacey was asked by a student of the New School for Social Research to help them appreciate the early process, the lean, very difficult years leading up to the ultimate prize. Spacey responded, "There is no ultimate prize…out there. The only prize is this one (pointing to his heart), and what you feel and what you want to accomplish. And if you can, as you start out, these, what could be lean years, could be fat years, I feel that very often I watch a lot of you people sort of meander around without any idea about why they're doing what they're doing. I mean to want and to be ambitious and to want to be successful is not enough. That's just desire. 

To know what you want, to understand why you're doing it. To dedicate every breath in your body to achieve, if you feel that your particular talent is worth developing, is worth caring for, then there's nothing you can't achieve. You're going to grow up with your colleagues. You're going to watch them have success and have failure and you're going to watch how they deal with it and they can be as much a teacher for you as anybody here, or anyone who's privileged enough to come here and speak to you."

 FilmMakers recommendation 

From Script to Screen : The Collaborative Art of Filmmaking by Linda Seger, Edward Jay Whetmore

The Film Producer : A Handbook for Producing by Paul N. Lazarus

Directing Actors : Creating Memorable Performances for Film and Television by Judith Weston

The Cinema of Oliver Stone by Norman Kagan

Breaking into Film : Making Your Career Search a Blockbuster by Kenna McHugh

Acting is Everything by Judy Kerr

Directing the Film : Film Directors on Their Art by Eric Sherman

Interpreting the Moving Image (Cambridge Studies in Film) by Noel Carroll

Back To One : The Complete Movie Extra Guidebook, The Millennium Edition by Cullen Chambers

The Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists : The How-To and who-To-Contact Reference for Actors, Singers, and Dancers by Sherry Eaker

The New York Agent Book: 6th Edition, Get the Agent You Need for the Career You Want by K. Callan

Acting for the Camera by Tony Barr, Eric Stephan Kline, Edward Asner

Audition by Michael Shurtleff, Bob Fosse

Building a Character by Constantine Stanislavski, Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood, Constantin Stanislavski

top of page

| Home Page | Contests | Indies | Features | News | Resource Links | Advertise With Us |

Important disclaimer

Copyright © 1999-2016 by FilmMakers.com.  All rights reserved.
 FilmMakers.com is a division of Media Pro Tech Inc.